As the year draws to a close, I extend wishes to you and your loved ones for the best of holidays and a very peaceful New Year.
The end of 2020 marks quite a year. Not only has COVID-19 affected us individually and within our families, but our organizations have had quite the challenge of meeting these stressful times and figuring out our best way forward. Once again, the contact center industry has stepped up to meet our everyday challenges. I also appreciate everyone on our Pipeline team—from writers to staff—for also rising to the challenge of addressing the needs and challenges brought about by the pandemic. We scrambled to set up a COVID-19 section on our website for those sponsors who stepped up quickly and offered amazing assistance in our new world. Our writers were challenged to see our “usual” issues in the new COVID light.
I am truly grateful for the opportunity you give us to continue serving the contact center industry. Let’s just hope 2021 isn’t quite as stressful and we see major improvements with COVID-19. I am encouraged to see what our new environments will look like on the other side of this pandemic.
Please, wear your mask and stay safe.
Wishing you all the best in 2021!
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Contact Center Pipeline December 2020
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Managing Through COVID-19
By Susan Hash
Our 2020 roundup of top tips, tools and tech to help contact centers emerge successfully from this difficult time.
Goodbye 2020… Lessons Learned
By Kathleen M. Peterson
Observations on leadership, technology readiness and supporting WFH agents.
THE VIEW FROM THE SADDLE
The Rocket Man and a Watershed Year
By Paul Stockford
A conversation with Calabrio CEO Tom Goodmanson on the past year and what 2021 may hold for the industry.
Legal and Regulatory Developments in 2020—and What to Expect in 2021
By Dick Bucci
An overview of some of the significant legal developments that took place in 2020, and what to anticipate in 2021.
COVID-19 Consumer Behavior and Fraud Shifts Continue to Challenge Contact Center Agents
By Heidi Hunter
Arm your agents with an effective defense against increasing fraud attempts and threat of social engineering.
RECRUITING & HIRING
Contact Centers Grapple with How to Sustain—and Grow—Remote Workforces
By Bill Messer
Employers find themselves in new territory managing workers that never were (and may never be) “on-site.”
Unexpected Lessons from the 2020 Contact Center
By Chris Bauserman
Going into an unpredictable 2021, plan on advancing the core competencies that have buoyed your organization thus far.
LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
How to Make Remote Training Work for New-Hires
By Mark Pereira
10 strategies and tools to deliver efficient and effective virtual training.
Top Seven Call Center Software Requirements for the “Now Normal”
By Todd Carothers
What to look for to ensure that your communication solution can navigate the changes that are sure to come.
Moving Contact Center Agents Home for the Long-Term
By Eric Berg
A look at the main workstreams affected by the shift home, and best practices for developing a secure model.
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PIPELINE AUTHOR WALL OF FAME | Janet LeBlanc
Celebrating Our VIP Authors
In recognition and appreciation to Janet LeBlanc, our December 2020 Wall of Fame Author.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT | eGain
The New Digital Customer Engagement for the New (Ab)Normal
The same old limited digital service capabilities do not cut it in the new environment.
Thank you to our December sponsors:
Amazon Web Services, 2Ring America, Calabrio, Centrical, CommunityWFM, Customer Contact Strategies, eGain, Empirix, Fair Trade Outsourcing, Human Numbers, Incite Group, Intercom, Khoros, LANtelligence, MusicWorks, NICE inContact, Panviva, PowerHouse Consulting, ROI-DNA, Salesforce, Service Agility, Shelf, Strategic Contact, TASKE Technology, USAN and Verint.
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